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Today is Stay Out of the Sun Day

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2011-07-03 10:10

At first glance, it may seem odd that a day in the mist of the July 4th holiday weekend is 'Stay Out Of The Sun Day'. After all, this weekend is full of activities in the sun – fishing, boating, swimming at the lake, baseball games, and more.

At second glance, it makes sense. It is a good day to be mindful of taking a break from the sun and sun-safe behavior.

Seven sun safe practices:

  1. Safe sun-behavior begins with limiting your exposure. It is best to avoid or limit time in the sun between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm.
  2. Apply the sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outside.
  3. Reapply every two hours when outside at a beach, etc. for adequate protection.
  4. Use even on a cloudy day. Up to 40 percent of the sun's ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth on a completely cloudy day.
  5. Shield your eyes with UV-blocking sunglasses. Squinting caused wrinkles around the eyes. The UV rays can cause cataracts.
  6. Wear a wide-brim hat to help protect your head & neck.
  7. Don't forget to apply lip balm with SPF 15 or higher.

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These sun safe practices will help protect your skin from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation which contribute to skin cancer and premature skin aging.

If you decide not to celebrate “stay out of the sun day” by staying out of the sun, use these tips to treat your sunburn:

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